Sustainable Stamp House Doubles As Category 5 Cyclone Shelter

Nov 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When Australia-based Charles Wright Architects were approached by a new client to design a carbon neutral home in an "environmentally sensitive site off-grid on the edge of the Far North Queensland (FNQ) beachfront rainforest," the firm embraced the challenge with excitement and the Stamp House is the impressive result. 

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The Klein Bottle House: Where Mathematics, Origami, and The Hunger Games Collide

Nov 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  1 Comment

When Katniss and Peeta were fighting for their lives on the cornucopia in The Hunger Games, were you thinking about how neat the design would look translated as a residence? Maybe you weren't, but that's certainly what came to my mind when I saw the modern outer shell that made up the structure. Luckily, my dream house actually exists and it's in Victoria, Australia!

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Miami's Last Large-Scale Residential Project in Lakeside to be a Ritz-Carlton Residence

Oct 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Lionheart Capital will soon be adding to Miami Beach’s residential neighborhoods with the new Ritz-Carlton residences slated to begin selling mid-November when the on-site sales office opens. The property will cover seven acres and will be located on the shores of Surprise Lake. Combining Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni's modernist ideas with The Ritz’s refined elegance, the new property will be one of the select few stand-alone Ritz-Carlton Residences in the world and only one in Miami Beach.

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$1M Luxury Apartments in London's Canaletto High-Rise Now Previewing

Oct 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

If it’s to-die-for views you’re after while living in London, Canaletto — the new luxury skyscraper development — could be for you. The 31-story tower on the banks of the Regent’s Canal opened its doors to the public last week, with the marketing suite showcasing the latest in five-star waterside living.

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Haute, Modern and Fashionable: 7 Hotels That Break the Mold

Sep 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s typical for four- and five-star hotels to offer the very best in luxe amenities, accommodations and services. More than likely when you’re a guest, you’re guaranteed the kind of upscale experience that you’ve grown accustomed to. But maybe, just maybe, instead of booking your normal go-to hotel on your next trip, maybe it’s time to get more creative with your stay. We’ll even get you started with our list of eye-catching hotels that range from fashionable designer-owned properties to incredibly decked out resorts and superbly inventive designs.

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SOLI Architectural Surfaces Debuts Chef Kitchen with West Hollywood Event

Sep 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

Recently during a Thursday evening in West Hollywood, the hottest party wasn't at a club or restaurant, but instead a custom tile showroom. Architecture met cuisine and cocktails for the debut of SOLI Architectural Surfaces’ new chef’s kitchen featuring Super Thassos Engineered Glass, Serengeti Marble, Poggenpohl and Miele appliances. SOLI, an industry leader in decorative tile and natural stone, welcomed LA tastemakers along with top architects, interior designers and developers to the event.... Read More

China's Tallest Building Tops Out at 2,073 Feet After Four Years of Construction

Aug 21, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Shanghai Tower — the tallest building in China at 2,073 feet — has topped out and put the final beam in place, according to Thornton Tomasetti, the engineering firm that is providing structural services for the building. Designed by architecture firm Gensler and developed by the Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Company, building of the mixed-use, 4.1-million-square-foot structure [...]... Read More

The Twists and Turns of Norway's White House

Jun 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

JVA Architects built the White House from simple materials (like concrete and oak paneling) and while it has little in common with the historic presidential White House in Washington, D.C., this single family home definitely has cleaner lines. Found in Strand, Norway, the 2,100-square-foot home is set on the Oslo Fjord in the middle of a wooded suburban area.... Read More

Reykjavík House Disappears Into The Icelandic Landscape

Jun 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

As the capital and largest city in Iceland, Reykjavík is often hailed as the world's safest and cleanest city. It's also believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement by Norsemen around AD 870, giving it a rich cultural history that brings in waves of visitors. Polish firm Moomoo Architects felt similarly drawn to Reykjavík's dreamlike landscape, inspired by the first settlers to design a modern home that fits right in with the pure white snow blanketing the Icelandic city in winter.... Read More

Modern California Home Features Layered Reflecting Pools, Ocean Views and Glass Walls

May 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Mid-century modern architecture tends to feature wide open floor plans and tons of windows, intending to bring the outdoors in — sometimes walls will even be made entirely of glass. One can see these modern homes all over the California coast, which is why it's often called the California Modern style, and The Strand in Dana Point is a shining example.... Read More

$190M Greenwich Mansion is Most Expensive on U.S. Market

May 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

If you've always wanted to brag about living in the most expensive home in the United States, now is your chance…assuming you have $190 million laying around and want to live in Greenwich, Connecticut. According to The Wall Street Journal, this 50.5-acre French-renaissance residence was put on the market last Friday and is now the priciest U.S. home on the market. Considering the deal includes 4,000 feet of water frontage, two offshore islands and 50 acres of land, we're not really surprised at the steep price tag.... Read More

Architect Richard Meier Sells Collages With Penthouse Purchase

Apr 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier has created one of the most luxurious residential buildings in Tel Aviv, Israel.... Read More

Inside the Illustrious Mind of Architect Sir Norman Foster

Apr 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Sir Norman Foster — he was knighted in 1990 — is one of the world's most innovative and influential architectural minds, having first gained real fame in the early 1970s as the architect of the Willis Faber and Dumas headquarters in England. The founder and chairman of Foster + Partners, Foster has established himself as an authority of design, motivated by his passion for architectural exploration. Applauded for his artistic instinct, Foster seems endlessly flexible in his designs, creating buildings simultaneously for the present and future.... Read More

Mother Buys $6M New York Apartment for Two-Year-Old Daughter

Apr 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  5 Comments

Have you ever thought, "I should buy a £4,000,000 New York apartment for my toddler so she has somewhere to live when she goes to college?" According to the DailyMail, a Chinese state broadcaster has done just that and bought a luxury apartment in Manhattan (for around $6,078,800) in the acclaimed One57 tower for her daughter... Read More

$387M Penthouse in Monaco to Become World's Most Expensive?

Apr 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich  |  4 Comments

With an abundance of flashy casinos, luxury yachts, and exciting events (including the Formula One Grand Prix, the Monte-Carlo Arts Festival, and the Rolex Tennis Master), Monaco has been a top tourist attraction for years. Many of the world's wealthiest call this destination home...or at least vacation home. As a magnet for property tycoons, it's no surprise that Monaco could very soon be the home of the world's priciest property per square meter, which comes in the form of a multi-story penthouse in the Tour Odeon, ready to hit the market next year.... Read More

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